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Democracy Now! Friday, June 29, 2007


Published June 29, 2007


Headlines

* Supreme Court Limits Affirmative Action in School Integration
* Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Hold Landmark Forum
* Immigration Bill Fails to Advance in Senate
* Admin Rejects Subpoenas on Attorney Firings
* Five U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq
* Bush Sees Israel as Model for Iraq
* More Headlines

In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Voluntary Desegregation in Public Schools

The narrow 5-4 ruling rejected using race as a criteria for assigning students for different schools, rejecting integration plans for school districts in Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky. We speak with NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director Ted Shaw. [includes rush transcript]

"Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. Is Necessary": Thousands of Activists Gather in Atlanta for the First-Ever U.S. Social Forum

Inspired by previous World Social Forums in Brazil, India and Kenya, over 10,000 grassroots activists have gathered in Atlanta this week for the first United States Social Forum. We begin our Atlanta coverage with Alice Lovelace, the national lead staff organizer for the U.S. Social Forum. [includes rush transcript]

South African Poet and Anti-Apartheid Activist Dennis Brutus on Atlanta Social Forum and South Africa's Changing Political Landscape

A veteran of several World Social Forums, the South African poet and anti-apartheid activist Dennis Brutus talks about why hes come to Atlanta and addresses growing upheaval in South Africa where the ruling ANC government is being criticized for continuing apartheids economic legacy. [includes rush transcript]

Senate Votes Down White House-Backed Immigration Bill

Immigrant rights has also been a central theme of the U.S. Social Forum, and many immigrant rights activists in Atlanta have been closely monitoring proposals on Capitol Hill to overhaul the nations immigration laws. On Thursday, the Senates immigration bill collapsed after supporters failed to get enough votes to end debate. We get reaction from Catherine Tactaquin, Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. [includes rush transcript]

Nearly Two Years After Katrina, Gulf Coast Residents Fighting Environmental Neglect, Privatization

Twenty-two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, residents are still fighting to save their communities. We speak with Monique Harden, co-director of the New Orleans-based Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, and organizer of a caravan of Katrina activists to the U.S. Social Forum this week. [includes rush transcript]


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